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  • Walking Sticks

    I know we have other threads on walking sticks but I wasn't able to find them, so I'll just start a new one.

    Walking sticks are a favorite thing of mine and I'm always experimenting. I came across an interesting link with some good info that others might find useful. Enjoy.
    https://www.scribd.com/doc/33297636/A-Long-Term-Survival-Guide-Make-a-Survival-Staff . Cut and paste....sorry
    Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

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    Due to my health and occasionally needing a walking stick or cane a few years ago now, I decided to make my own. I have always loved the look and multipurpose use of Irish Shillelagh. Since we don't have Blackthorn here in the states I had to figure out what we had that would work. Not that hard to do actually, it's Hawthorne. It makes beautiful Shillelagh type walking sticks. I cut mine in the winter and let it dry/cure for a full year before cutting/sanding and turning it into a useful stick. Even after a year part of the bark had retained a beautiful green color and the wood was very light but also very strong. After getting the stick how I wanted it I finished it off with 2 coats of spar varnish. When it was finished I decided to test it out as a backup weapon and used a new beef bone (front leg) to see how it would work. It smashed the leg bone and barely left a mar on the finish. I impressed myself. I don't currently have any pictures of this stick but if anyone wants me to I'll post some latter.


    Dale

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    • #3
      I couldn't get the link to work. Are you talking about a walking stick, or trekking poles? I have a very good walking stick, which I find to be very helpful. I have never used trekking poles, but from what I have read they are very helpful when you are backpacking. Either way it is something good to have.
      The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

      Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you are stupid, and make bad decisions.

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      • #4
        sorry about the ugly link.......the site i wanted to "link" won't let me go directly to the article.

        https://www.scribd.com/doc/33297636/...Survival-Staff

        but this should do it.
        Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum

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        • #5
          Very interesting link. It gives me a lot of ideas or modifications that I could incorporate into my walking stick. Thanks for sharing.
          The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

          Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you are stupid, and make bad decisions.

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          • #6
            You can get some metal walking sticks that come apart and have various tools inside. Including saws, spear points, knife, even a hammer head. Look to E-Bay

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            • #7
              I prefer a wooden walking Staff when I need one, wife likes a metal trekking pole but they make too much noise for my liking.

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              • #8
                This is a good one to bump. In post number 4 the link still works. Gives me some ideas for hubby to work on. He needs something to do when he's not cooking collards for the farmers market. Gee, he only has to cook 6 bushels tomorrow.

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                • #9
                  This is one of the most elaborate set-ups I have ever seen. Put Hubby on this project, and it will keep him busy for a while.

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgBn...OqRALYa-8rJP5I
                  The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

                  Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you are stupid, and make bad decisions.

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                  • #10
                    One thing that pisses me off in the movies is When any one is climbing hills or lost in the forest/jungle they never have a homemade spear or walking stick. If you want to cover miles use a walking stick. It gives you a third leg for walking and most of all balance. Try it you'll like it!!!!!!!

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                    • #11
                      I generally use two telescoping hiking sticks. because they double as tent poles
                      One day you eat the chicken.....next day the left-over chicken.....next five days you eat chicken feathers, head and feet.

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                      • #12
                        Morgan that video is something to watch. Don't temp me. Hubby needs hobbies this winter.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Morgan101 View Post
                          This is one of the most elaborate set-ups I have ever seen. Put Hubby on this project, and it will keep him busy for a while.

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgBn...OqRALYa-8rJP5I
                          WOW!!!! This video inspires me to modify my walking stick soon! I love the way he made the removable attachments at the bottom. The ice point in particular. The fold-out "spear" point is pretty good, too.

                          Plus so many other ideas for pimping out my walking stick... (I'm like, "why didn't I think of that before?")
                          Genius is making a way out of no way.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GrizzlyetteAdams View Post

                            WOW!!!! This video inspires me to modify my walking stick soon! I love the way he made the removable attachments at the bottom. The ice point in particular. The fold-out "spear" point is pretty good, too.

                            Plus so many other ideas for pimping out my walking stick... (I'm like, "why didn't I think of that before?")
                            Be careful with any "spear points" since they could be construed as an illegal concealed weapon in many states, much like a "sword cane".

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                            • #15
                              Perhaps a short point, easily sharpened could double as both an ice point as well as a spear. Check local regs. on knife blades. Perhaps one a bit wider than the base of your walking stick would be legal and still serve as a spear in time of need, like stabing a snake getting ready to strike.
                              Last edited by ZAGran; 12-14-2018, 11:09 PM. Reason: spelling

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